Do democracy differently

A G1000 is an innovative approach to understanding the wishes and desires of a community.

It brings a randomly-selected, representative group of residents together for one day to prioritise policy areas and develop concrete proposals to address them.

Local politicians, civil servants and members of civil society are also invited to attend and participate on the day, as equals, with the randomly selected residents.

At the end of the day ten proposals are chosen to be carried forward by groups of volunteers, in coordination with councillors and other interested parties.

The aim is for a truly representative sample of 1000 people to gather, deliberate with each other in a respectful environment, and decide together what is best for their communities. It is a way to do democracy differently.

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We have been inspired by the Belgian G1000 and the Dutch G1000 and we are planning to hold a G1000 in Cambridge on September 30, 2017, and use it as a launchpad for a series of UK G1000s.

As a first step we held two information sessions "What is a G1000?" with the founders of the Dutch G1000, Harm van Dijk and Jerphaas Donner in June 2016. In September 2016 we kicked off the planning for this first UK G1000 with an all-day planning event, and now we are meeting weekly (on Monday evenings) to progress this exciting project. Please join us to keep informed or contact us if you have any questions or want to get involved.

 


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